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RHS Handbook: Propagation Techniques: Simple techniques for 1000 garden plants (Royal Horticultural Society Handbooks) [Hardcover]

The Royal Horticultural Society
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2 May 2011 Royal Horticultural Society Handbooks
Propagating your own plants is one of the greatest joys of gardening, and instead of being intimated, gardeners should relish this chance to create new life. In this book the best Royal Horticultural Society experts show the right way to perform around 20 of the most popular techniques, and look at the simplest routes for success. In step by step sequences they'll show how to propagate climbers like clematis, collect tree seed from Japanese maples and sow it successfully, break the dormancy of sweet peas, and trouble shoot any propagation problems you encounter. The propagation directory explains which of the techniques to use for around 1000 of the most popular plants today, so you can populate your garden with expert advice for next to nothing.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Mitchell Beazley (2 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845335651
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845335656
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 15 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 303,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A hard-working series with a strong identity, visible authority, on mainstream gardening subjects. Jargon-free delivery clarifying the mystique and perceived difficulty of some gardening practices. A 'Back to basics' box will debunk the old, difficult methods that are no longer practiced (such as double digging, some forms of rose pruning, folding over onion crops, painting pruning wounds, using tar oil winter wash, hormone rooting powder, copper sulphate on crops etc etc etc.

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The Royal Horticultural Society is at the forefront of a gardening revolution in which received wisdom is questioned and updated. Put together by an army of RHS experts, this book is the result of more than 100 years of practical experience in gardens across the world. With this book, gardening practice is in safe hands.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really useful book 7 Jun 2011
By Deb L
This beautifully bound book by the RHS was my first look at propagating. With useful and interesting reading sections at the start of the book telling us why we should propagate and rules and tools section. The book tells you everything you will need to know on how to get started as a first time propagator and more difficult techniques for the more experienced gardener.

Lots of step by step illustrations and beautiful photographs with clear, concise, step by step instructions.

With the propagtion directory at the back of the book there is no excuse to mix up your annuals and perennials.

The glossary helped me out with the more technical terms of gardening that I was unfamiliar with.

Spent a lovely afternoon in the garden using my book to help me hopefully grow more primroses by using the Lateral Vein cutting method! Just hope it works.

A good book for beginners and experience gardeners alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and helpful 9 July 2011
By strob
I am an enthusiastic gardener, but I have little knowledge - this book has clear explanations and diagrams and even I have managed to grow from seed and take cuttings (which have taken root) all by following the step by step guidance in this book.

Steps are described clearly and clear illustrations are provided for each step with some accompanying photographs. The illustrations are very useful as they are uncluttered and show only what you need, the photographs show the "real life" plant so you can match up the steps with what you actually have in your hand.

I worried that I would need a lot of expensive, specialised equipment, but I didn't actually need anything new to complete the techniques I have tried so far - propagation was something I saw as way too specialised for me to attempt, not with this book!

I have picked several new plants for my garden because I can propagate them either this year or in the future - the techniques I now have to hand will definitely improve my gardening!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 30 Aug 2012
By Cas
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A great book with information well presented. Illustrations are excellent and easy to follow. If you have this book you need no other on the subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 14 Sep 2011
By Rosana
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Very good book with clear explanations, illustrations and advice. Very useful. Beautiful binding. It will make an ideal present for a kin gardener. Quick delivery.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Jumbled and confusing 13 Jan 2013
I found this book extremely unhelpful. It jumps around all over the shop confusing the reader by not really having any logical flow or structure.

It jumbles different techniques up and in places talks about 3 different propagation techniques on the same page. It flits around touching briefly on a subject and cross referencing it to other sections in the book which isn't exactly straight forward.

The diagrams are not at all clear either and this leaves the various (confusing) techniques described even more ambiguous.

The book mixes Latin and common English names for plants in its text which again I find contradictory and confusing.

After reading a section the reader is left with many questions which the book does not answer.

The rhs should rectify these points and quite frankly, start again.
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